Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


milkandhoney last won the day on March 26 2018

milkandhoney had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

184 Excellent


  • DECA Holder
  • Beekeeping Experience
    Semi Commercial


  • Location
    Hawkes Bay

Recent Profile Visitors

1,068 profile views
  1. Oh good grief! Honestly...do these reporters not have access to google!
  2. I had a similar situation with a neighbour who is establishing an Avocado orchard. She asked if I would put hives on her property. The orchard is less than 800 metres from my current apiary and while I told her my bees would cover that distance, she wanted hives closer to her trees. In order to prevent her arranging someone else to put hives there and risking both overstocking and disease, I opted to place some of my hives there and it has worked out well. Popping next door to tend them isn't arduous and she has been extremely interested in learning about the bees and very proactiv
  3. The inserted link loops back to this page.
  4. It might sound odd, but after I wash my gloves, I put them on wet to stretch them to shape again. Then carefully remove them and let them air dry. Much easier to put on when they are already shaped.
  5. World First - Wasp Genome Completed WWW.SCOOP.CO.NZ In a world first, New Zealand researchers have sequenced the genome of three wasps, two of which are invasive wasps in New Zealand, paving the way for new methods of control for these significant pests... In a world first, New Zealand researchers have sequenced the genome of three wasps, two of which are invasive wasps in New Zealand, paving the way for new methods of control for these significant pests. Genomics Aotearoa researchers working at the University of Otago and Te Herenga Waka-Victoria Univers
  6. It's not just aircraft that do that! You can maybe cut aircraft some slack for wind drift, but with GPS systems there's really no excuse. I have been sprayed on directly from a big overhead ground based unit while monitoring for pests in a Vineyard here. "Muppets" wasn't the word I used at the time! (Pesticide obviously, not Glyphosate.)
  7. Hi and Welcome to to the forum DavidY Umpteen other Beekeepers with have their say shortly I am sure. My two cents worth: If possible get alongside another beekeeper, they can show you the basics and you can get an idea if it is for you. It is not for everyone. While the initial purchase price is important, getting a clean healthy hive is paramount. There is no point buying a cheap hive if it is full of diseased or heavily infested bees. My preference would be to start with new gear and a nice new Nuc colony, you can start with smaller numbers of bee
  8. Many of you are in fact correct of course. My comments were however, for Maurice Field, who describes his experience level as Beginner Beekeeper. As a long time Hawkes Bay Beekeeper, who has apiaries in Eskdale and numerous other parts of the Bay, at no point would I recommend removing honey now and not testing for Tutin. It is simply too prevalent here. This honey may in fact have been removed prior to 31 Dec. He may intend to use it only for personal consumption, he may not intend to barter or sell it. Or, he may intend to do all those things.
  9. Good morning and welcome. I suggest approaching the local Beekeepers Club, they may be of help. To the best of my knowledge there is nobody locally that extracts on behalf. Please remember that the all honey extracted now MUST be tested for Tutin. Cheers.
  10. Would one of our Scientist members be able to clarify the situation with regard to Bacillus thuringiensis Var. Kurstaki please, both chemically and legally. I am fairly sure that there has been research done on various Bt isolates that have been found to be toxic to a number of non-target Insect Orders. (As per Dansar's post above.)
  11. Yep. Years ago my brother and cousin were out night shooting on the Station next door. Arrived back really late after a long walk home. Four flat tyres on the Landrover.
  12. Yes. Bottom box, excluder, super then division board. Second brood box with Queen above that. No, I don't want her laying in the honey super, that goes back up on top when the hive is recombined.
  13. I use the vertical split method every spring, I started doing it when I didn't want any more hives. I usually carry it out in late Sept/early Oct. My version goes: Bottom brood box with brood and eggs, then a Super, then Hive mat with opening to rear of hive, Top brood box with Queen and plenty of pollen and honey. If the hive is really cranking, I will put another queen excluder and Super on top of this also. The original foragers return to the bottom box and fill the lower super with honey. There is plenty of feed coming in and the hive produces good quality emerge
  14. We used Crimson Clover on our road frontage last year and it has just started flowering again this spring, it has a lovely deep red flower. We have oversown the same area with Phacelia and white clover this year as well to mix it up a bit. Got a lot of funny looks and toots from the neighbours as we were out there with the rotary hoe last spring, sowing the long acre!
  • Create New...